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Zarqawi's reported arrest denied
JAN 4: U.S. military and intelligence sources are
denying print and broadcast reports that terrorist Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi
has been arrested in Iraq, MSNBC reported Tuesday.
MSNBC said senior U.S. military and intelligence sources told it the
reports are not true.
A newspaper in the United Arab Emirates, al-Bayane,
reported in its Tuesday edition that the Jordanian-born terrorist had
been arrested in Baqouba, Iraq. Iraqi Kurdistan radio also reported
the arrest of al-Zarqawi.
The U.S. military in December said al-Zarqawi likely is in the Baghdad
DUBAI, January 4 (Itar-Tass) - Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, whom the
US occupation authorities declared to be the "target number one" in
Iraq, has been arrested in the city of Baakuba, the Emirate newspaper
al-Bayane reported on Tuesday referring to Kurdish sources. Al-Zarqawi,
leader of the terrorist group Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad, was recently
appointed the director of the Al-Qaeda organisation in Iraq.
The newspaper's correspondent in Baghdad points out that a report on
the seizure of the terrorist, on whom the US put a bounty of 10
million dollars, was also reported by Iraqi Kurdistan radio, which at
one time had been the first to announce the arrest of Saddam Hussein.
There have been no official reports about the arrest of the terrorist.
Al-Zarqawi, 38, a Jordanian, whose real name is Ahmad al-Khalayleh,
aims to turn Iraq into a "new Afghanistan". According to Arab press
data, Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad group has divided Iraq into several
emirates. The group's independent subdivisions at a strength of 50 to
500 militants operate in the cities of Al-Falluja, Al-Qaim, Diala, and
The personnel of the group is on the whole 1,500-strong and includes
Iraqis and citizens of Arab and Islamic countries. There are
demolition experts and missilemen among them.
The group has depots of weapons and explosives in various parts of the
country. It intends to frustrate the upcoming parliamentary elections
that are scheduled for the end of this month. Al-Tawhid Wa'al-Jihad
threatens to do away with Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and members
of the interim government.
Saudi was mess tent bomber
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The suicide
bomber who attacked a U.S. military mess hall in Iraq was a Saudi
medical student, a Saudi newspaper reported Monday.
The newspaper, Asharq al-Awsat, said the bomber was 20
Said Ahmed al-Ghamdi, 20.
The bomber infiltrated a U.S. base near Mosul,
detonating his explosives during the noon meal on Dec. 21. He killed 22
The newspaper said friends of the student's father
identified the bomber. The father confirmed to the newspaper that his
son had gone to Iraq to fight the Americans and had died there.
Ansar al-Sunna, a Sunni Islamist group, has claimed
responsibility for the bombing.
5,000 Americans unaccounted for
BANGKOK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin
Powell said Monday some 5,000 Americans are still unaccounted for in
the tsunami that killed more than 155,000 people in Asia.
"The number of private citizens or citizens
unaccounted for still lingers around 4,000 to 5,000," Powell said
while en route to Bangkok.
The figure was reached taking into account all phone
calls from relatives of those missing. So far, 15 Americans have been
confirmed dead. A Defense Department official is still missing.
Powell said U.S. officials -- both at embassies and in
Washington -- were working full time on the issue of those unaccounted
for, adding, "My own judgment is that this number will go down as
The secretary, who has been dispatched along with
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, to Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka -- the
countries most affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami that hit nations from
Southeast Asia to East Africa -- also said it was likely there were
many Americans who might be dead "and we just don't know about it
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